The average college foodservice director

Males dominant university foodservice management.

We surveyed those individuals who are in charge of college foodservice operations and asked them to tell us about themselves. Colleges were the least likely segment to have a management role occupied by someone 60 years or older. Colleges are also the most likely segment to have a male in the director’s chair.

Sex
66% are male
34% are female

Education
97% have a high school diploma
61% have an associate degree
30% have a bachelor’s degree
20% have a culinary degree
16% have a graduate degree
2% have some other degree
1% have none of the above

Race/Ethnicity
92% are Caucasian (non-Hispanic)
4% are African-American (non-Hispanic)
3% are Asian/Pacific Islanders
1% are Latino or Hispanic

Age
5% are under 30
21% are between 30 and 44
64% are between 45 and 59
10% are 60 or older

Title
38% are a foodservice director/director of foodservice
21% are a foodservice supervisor/manager
15% are a chef/executive chef
13% are an assistant director
7% are an associate foodservice director
5% are a director of dining services/culinary services
1% are a dietary manager/certified dietary manager/director of dietary

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